Hello, and welcome to Therapy Connect Conversations. My name is Megan Walker, and now we’re having a little chat with Kirstyn O’Rourke, all about what it’s like to work at Therapy Connect. Hi Kirstyn. How are you?
Hi Megan. Thanks for having me.
You’re very welcome. So tell us, when did you join Therapy Connect?
I joined Therapy Connect around about two-and-a-half years ago, so I’ve been with them for a little while. The team has grown significantly since I first started. There was just myself and another OT, and Sue and Simone when I first started out.
Okay. So tell us about your role now, and how has it grown over that time, and what are you responsible for today?
Since midway through this year, I’ve started out in a new role as a lead practitioner. I was contracting, seeing clients prior to that. Now I’ve been able to take on a permanent employee role as a lead practitioner with Therapy Connect, which is great. It’s been a really good opportunity.
Wonderful. What have you been able to achieve personally and professionally while you’ve been delivering your therapy remotely to other people around Australia?
Professionally because I am now working from home, it has enabled me to take on that permanent role as a lead practitioner, with two young kids at school. That’s been really good professionally for me. Probably something that I wouldn’t have been able to if I had to travel to work, because now I can do my school pickups and drop offs, and work around that a little bit more because I’m at home, so that’s great.
Then personally, I’ve probably achieved quite a bit over the last few years. A big dream of my family and mine was to travel around Australia, so Therapy Connect has allowed me that opportunity to work while I travel. I’ve worked from some pretty remote locations. I’ve set up offices on beaches before, because that’s where we’ve had better Internet service. I’ve worked from really remote locations in the middle of Australia, right down to the bottom of Tassie where I had perfect reception. I didn’t think I was going to.
So personally, I think the work-life balance working for Therapy Connect has been really amazing, and beneficial for my family as well.
Wow. You’re a real talking example of the digital therapy nomad, aren’t you.
What an amazing opportunity.
How would you describe the benefits of working at Therapy Connect to other therapists, and would you encourage them to join up as well?
I think working via Telehealth enables us to be able to work from the location where our heart is at. You can work from the community that you choose to work from, whether that be rural remote, whether that be city, whether that be close to family. Working from home doesn’t necessarily mean working from home, it can mean working from the place of someone, a sick relative perhaps, which I’ve done in the past as well, or continuing work, as I did, while traveling around Australia.
So I think gone are the days when we have to think about moving to the city to work. We can actually think about where we want to live, and then choose our work from there. And working for Therapy Connect as well, I mean when I started two-and-a-half years ago, we had a small team and a small caseload, and that’s just growing rapidly.
I think times are changing. Telehealth is really growing and expanding rapidly, and Therapy Connect are at the front of that, which is really cool to be a part of that. We’ve got a really large team of therapists, and an expanding caseload, so it gives people the opportunity, I think, to either work within the niche that you want to work within, from where you want to work, or to choose to go more general, or expand your skills, utilizing our team of therapists. We’ve got up to 18 speechies now, and 12 OTs, so it’s a really great place to be.
Fantastic. I love your message in there, of many of your messages, and the one about design your life.
That’s fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts, Kirstyn. It’s been so lovely talking to you. Have a great day.